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Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Posted on: August 11, 2011 4:58 pm
 
BauerBy Evan Brunell

Stephen Strasburg voiced his displeasure with a 13-year-old Little League player on Tuesday when youngster Caesar Garcia rocketed a home run in a game broadcasted live by ESPN2 as part of the Little League World Series. Garcia dropped his bat after connecting, then walked four steps while admiring his home run before beginning to jog around the bases.

ESPN announcer Greg Swindell immediately noticed, calling it "showboating" while Strasburg took to Twitter with his opinion.

"Pretty sad seeing 12 year olds pimp home runs and throwing all curve balls. Times have changed," Strasburg tweeted. Garcia turned 13 last month.

Garcia's father, Steven, fired back, telling the Albuquerque Journal all Caesar was doing was mimicking Robinson Cano of the Yankees, his favorite player.

“It’s crazy that a pro baseball player would tweet hateful stuff,” he added of Strasburg. His son didn't seem too bothered, though.

Caesar posted on his Facebook page, which has since become priivate, saying “strasburg tweeted about me pimpin my home run!!!!!… blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh epicness"

However, Steven did admit that what his son did would not be acceptable at higher levels.

“In high school, college and pros, it would be handled in a certain way," he said. "We had that conversation all the way home.”

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Photo originally from ESPN broadcast via
Albuquerque Journal.
Comments

Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

From Strasburgs comment he was referring to whole youth baseball in general."Pretty sad seeing 12 year olds pimp home runs and throwing all curve balls. Times have changed,"....When i was a kid we werent allowed to throw curve balls and i didnt let my sons even try until they were 14. We taught change ups. I have fun watching the games on TV but i do understand exactly what he is talking about. I dont think of Cano as classless but apparently if this kid was mimicking him he is only picking up on the bad parts. Class is taught at home and by the kids coaches....well it should be



Since: Aug 23, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

So this kids Facebook page has been made "private"? Don't you have to be 18 to have a Facebook page?



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Where do you think the kids learn this BS from?? ANY adult that thinks they're not a role model for the next generation is selfish, a jerk, and a complete IDIOT!! Stasburg should keep his thoughts private, and not come after a 12 year old boy. By doing this, he only brings more controversy to the situation, instead of helping solve the problem.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Oimatey,

I agree that the kids should show respect for their opponent. However, I believe that respect begins with the coach. When I played high school football the #1 rule was RESPECT. Respect for you, your coaches and your opponents. Anytime a player committed a personal foul they had to pay for it in the next practice and if it was severe enough they would be removed from the game.

That is exactly what the coach should have done. Especially since there is no "policing" in little league baseball. Who else is going to police those actions when there's no repurcussions for their poor sportsmanship? It is extremely rare to see a little leaguer spiked or beaned for poor sportsmanship, so it's up to his coach to dole out the punishment.



Since: Sep 19, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Ya gotta respect the game and if you cannot you better expect a few high and tight pitches. Shame on him, his dad, his coach and ESPN.  



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:48 pm
 

I coach LL, and I see the same thing...

I coach little leagers, myself, (6th and 7th graders) and this season I witnessed much of the same behavior from my own players.  One kid hits an in-the-park home run, and after he reaches home-plate, he turns, bends over, and slaps the plate 3 times with both hands.  He sat the rest of the game for that --but what's the use; this is the world we live in, today.  Thank you (NOT!) to all of you major league baseball "role models."



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:46 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

It's 2011 people. The game has changed. People have changed. And it's a game. And remember, also, it's only a game. And did I mention, It's just a game?
If he keeps it up in the future and other teams don't like it, he's going to have sore ribs after a lot of games. And remember, it's only a game. As the kids get older, the players police themselves. A fastball in the breadbasket or a spike to the ankles teaches a lot of lessons.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Starssburg is right. The kids need to learn sportsmanship. Its pretty simple. Its ESPN's fault. ESPN will show the showboating more than the good plays. Its what gets you on TV. And the kids watch the higlights on ESPN, and now pick up that part of the game. ESPN needs to quit glorifying the look at me attitude.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Its a shame SHAME that people who call themselves adults on here think they should of hit a kid with a pitch because he did this. Growing up showboating happened in sports always has always will in some sort. My coaches always said it best if you dont want someone to showboat then dont let them do something worth showing off. Plain and Simple dont like it then play better. Life isnt about controlling what a kid does because all you can control is your own life. 



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Little Leaguer's home-run trot sparks uproar

Agree with Strasburg. Kids - show respect for your opponent. Coaches - respect your players future and lay off the curveballs. Teach them to locate, mix their speeds and development movement on their fastball. That is normally the last thing pitchers of all ages grasp and its when their careers really take off. Showboating leads to hitters getting drilled in the bigs, that shouldn't be a part of little league


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